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Penang set up Women and Family Development Committee in every constituency

Last Update: 16/01/2019

GEORGE TOWN, Jan 16 (Bernama) -- The Penang state government today announced the establishment of the 'Women and Family Development Committee' (WFDC) in every state constituency, effective this month.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said WFDC, the only one of its kind in Malaysia, was an initiative to transform Penang into a state that focuses on the development of women and family to bring about its new development direction. 

"Functioning as a formal structure and mechanism of the Penang state government in each state constituency, WFDC is tasked to plan an implement programs related to women and family development in their respective constituency.

"These programs are aimed at building knowledge and skills for women and family in various aspects, encompassing financial management, mental and physiological health, parenting and leadership that will be customised to cater the needs of the local communities in each constituency," he told a press conference, here today.

He said the committee would also strategically assist the state government in identifying local women's talent for leadership development which would serve as a feeder for women to take up decision-making positions, starting at grassroots level.

Chow said each WFDC would comprise 15 local women leaders where the chairperson and secretary would be given monthly allowance of RM700 and RM600 respectively, while the treasurer and other committee members are given meeting allowances.

He said each committee is also allocated RM10,000 per year to conduct women and family-centric development programs.

"With the formation of such committees in each of the 40 constituencies in Penang, we would have 600 women leaders to contribute towards the implementation of development programs for the people of Penang," he said.

He added the setting up of WFDC by the state Women Development, Family, Gender Inclusiveness and Non-Islamic Religious Committee chairman, Chong Eng, was most timely and well positioned to be a game changer for the development of women and the family.



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